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(Telegraph)   20 crates of Spitfires buried by withdrawing Allied forces during WW II found in Burma   ( telegraph.co.uk) divider line
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2012-04-14 07:53:55 AM  
Still mint in the box, eh? Hope they bring plenty of glue.
 
2012-04-14 08:08:19 AM  
so cool. i wish my father were alive to hear about this; he was a huge fan of the spit.
 
2012-04-14 08:17:09 AM  
Why'd you say 'Burma? '
 
2012-04-14 08:24:52 AM  
Helped put one of these together about 15 years ago. Was installing hidden radios in the cockpit and realized all the tubing was copper. Polished up a small spot, the owner came by and saw it. He ended up paying us to polish all the lines in the aircraft. His mechanics hated us for that. They had to maintain it.
 
2012-04-14 08:44:41 AM  

Cake Hunter: Why'd you say 'Burma? '


i panicked.
 
2012-04-14 09:54:54 AM  
Sorry squire, I don't understand your banter.
 
Skr
2012-04-14 09:55:23 AM  
This
article
was
really
cool
burma shave
 
2012-04-14 09:59:15 AM  
Sounds like this was a Mission.
 
2012-04-14 10:00:00 AM  
If I was in WWII they'd call me spitfire
/repeat a dozen times
/$$$
 
2012-04-14 10:02:59 AM  
How many spitfires to a case ?
Wouldn't it be less confusing to say " twenty spitfires still in cases" ?
 
2012-04-14 10:15:41 AM  

thesubliminalman: How many spitfires to a case ?
Wouldn't it be less confusing to say " twenty spitfires still in cases" ?


the article is poorly written, take a look at that paragraph about Mountbatten in 1945. That needs so much work, I have no idea where to start.
 
2012-04-14 10:16:36 AM  
They suddenly got worried about a Japanese occupation in 1945?
 
2012-04-14 10:25:56 AM  

Cake Hunter: Why'd you say 'Burma? '


Because it was a
*puts on sunglasses*
A close shave.
YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAH!
 
2012-04-14 10:32:55 AM  
Hopefully the British won't demilitarize them.
A fully functional spit is a rare thing.
 
2012-04-14 10:35:44 AM  
Have to make

A hasty retreat?

Bury the Spitfires

We'll keep them neat!

Burma Planes
 
2012-04-14 10:38:43 AM  

Donnchadha: Have to make

A hasty retreat?

Bury the Spitfires

We'll keep them neat!

Burma Planes


Well played.
 
2012-04-14 10:46:04 AM  
Tab 'A' is inserted into Slot 'D.'
 
2012-04-14 10:53:01 AM  
Tell me when they actually unbury the things and have pictures.

/worthless article
 
2012-04-14 11:00:46 AM  

SharkTrager: They suddenly got worried about a Japanese occupation in 1945?


I wondered about that too, Burma was liberated from the Japs by July 45.
 
2012-04-14 11:01:51 AM  
Once you take them out of the box they're worthless.
 
2012-04-14 11:01:52 AM  
Thank goodness the Brits can get them back. It'd be a shame to have a country's priceless cultural and historical artifacts in some other country's museums.
 
2012-04-14 11:04:51 AM  
I spit hot fire.

/Dylan
//One of my favorite planes from WW2
 
2012-04-14 11:05:03 AM  

rudemix: Thank goodness the Brits can get them back. It'd be a shame to have a country's priceless cultural and historical artifacts in some other country's museums.


I see what you did there.
 
2012-04-14 11:08:49 AM  

Donnchadha: Have to make

A hasty retreat?

Bury the Spitfires

We'll keep them neat!

Burma Planes


i96.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-14 11:09:13 AM  
Obligatory Link (new window)


Oh, and NSFW language at the end.
 
2012-04-14 11:26:26 AM  

MasterSFV: SharkTrager: They suddenly got worried about a Japanese occupation in 1945?

I wondered about that too, Burma was liberated from the Japs by July 45.


I'm assuming the date is wrong because it would make no sense. That would have them either buried during Japanese rule or buried after Japan was sent packing.
 
2012-04-14 11:29:53 AM  
If only there had been some fast way of removing the planes from Burma during the war...
 
2012-04-14 11:30:31 AM  

FlashHarry: so cool. i wish my father were alive to hear about this; he was a huge fan of the spit.


Your mom is a huge fan of the spit.

/I keed.
 
2012-04-14 11:38:58 AM  

wallywam1: FlashHarry: so cool. i wish my father were alive to hear about this; he was a huge fan of the spit.

Your mom is a huge fan of the spit.

/I keed.


You kid indeed.

She swallows.
 
2012-04-14 11:58:22 AM  
Any pictures of the salvage operation?

This would have made for an interesting documentary.
 
2012-04-14 12:05:16 PM  
It sounds like these might have been buried during the Japanese offensive in Burma in late 1944-45. I'm not near my books, but I think it was Operation Ichi-Go that forced the Allies to withdraw for a few months before Stillwell's final drive into Burma.
 
2012-04-14 12:07:40 PM  
www.carsuk.net

Just keep Clarkson away from them.
 
2012-04-14 12:10:09 PM  

bmr68: Any pictures of the salvage operation?

This would have made for an interesting documentary.


They haven't really even found them yet, just believe they have the right spot.
 
2012-04-14 12:11:29 PM  

riffraff: Helped put one of these together about 15 years ago. Was installing hidden radios in the cockpit and realized all the tubing was copper. Polished up a small spot, the owner came by and saw it. He ended up paying us to polish all the lines in the aircraft. His mechanics hated us for that. They had to maintain it.


You are a bastard. A glorious, glorious bastard, but a bastard nonetheless.
 
2012-04-14 12:26:42 PM  

Bio-nic: riffraff: Helped put one of these together about 15 years ago. Was installing hidden radios in the cockpit and realized all the tubing was copper. Polished up a small spot, the owner came by and saw it. He ended up paying us to polish all the lines in the aircraft. His mechanics hated us for that. They had to maintain it.

You are a bastard. A glorious, glorious bastard, but a bastard nonetheless.


Yes, yes I am. Keep polishing.
 
2012-04-14 12:42:47 PM  
Worst beer in England. I'd ship and bury them too
 
2012-04-14 12:43:09 PM  
Mr. Cameron

Will you please

Let me help you

With extracting these

Awesome planes

From their grave

I want to help with this

Burma Save

/I know... stupid... but I would grab a shovel if I were invited to help.
 
2012-04-14 12:52:31 PM  

SharkTrager: wallywam1: FlashHarry: so cool. i wish my father were alive to hear about this; he was a huge fan of the spit.

Your mom is a huge fan of the spit.

/I keed.

You kid indeed.

She swallows.


my mom died in 2006.

but that was funny (expected it sooner, though...)
 
2012-04-14 12:53:38 PM  

Mad Tea Party: Sorry squire, I don't understand your banter.


It's perfectly ordinary banter, Squiffy: Bally Jerry pranged his kite right in the how's your father. Hairy blighter, dicky-birdied, feathered back on his Sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harper's and caught his can in the Bertie.
 
2012-04-14 12:54:37 PM  

FlashHarry: SharkTrager: wallywam1: FlashHarry: so cool. i wish my father were alive to hear about this; he was a huge fan of the spit.

Your mom is a huge fan of the spit.

/I keed.

You kid indeed.

She swallows.

my mom died in 2006.

but that was funny (expected it sooner, though...)


I do love a good "your mom" joke.
 
2012-04-14 01:03:11 PM  

Devolving_Spud: If only there had been some fast way of removing the planes from Burma during the war...


Apparently, they didn't have time to assemble the planes and fly them out.
 
2012-04-14 01:14:47 PM  
Over in the states we are still burying our WWII planes.

t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-04-14 01:53:02 PM  
"They were just buried there in transport crates," Mr Cundall said. "They were waxed, wrapped in greased paper and their joints tarred. They will be in near perfect condition."

Clearly someone knew what they were doing. Jungle conditions tend to destroy metal about as easily as seawater.
 
2012-04-14 02:02:41 PM  

thesubliminalman: How many spitfires to a case ?
Wouldn't it be less confusing to say " twenty spitfires still in cases" ?


HaywoodJablonski: Worst beer in England. I'd ship and bury them too


Subby here, the original headline was more beer oriented and cases would have made more sense. Meh. A green is a green.
 
2012-04-14 02:16:48 PM  
Cases=crates. Bally subby.
 
2012-04-14 03:11:55 PM  

Aulus: Obligatory Link (new window)


Oh, and NSFW language at the end.


Linked to that video is this video of 16 Spitfires performing in an airshow.
 
2012-04-14 03:16:21 PM  

hogans: "They were just buried there in transport crates," Mr Cundall said. "They were waxed, wrapped in greased paper and their joints tarred. They will be in near perfect condition."

Clearly someone knew what they were doing. Jungle conditions tend to destroy metal about as easily as seawater.


that is they way that they were shipped from England. Something about the sea air and all that seems to have been a motivator.
 
2012-04-14 03:27:12 PM  

UNC_Samurai: It sounds like these might have been buried during the Japanese offensive in Burma in late 1944-45. I'm not near my books, but I think it was Operation Ichi-Go that forced the Allies to withdraw for a few months before Stillwell's final drive into Burma.


I would doubt that you are correct. The idea that the English would have shipped airplanes IN CRATES to Burma at that stage of the war makes little sense. They would have assembled them in India and flown them to an air field in Burma. There is something in the reports of this that make very little sense. I checked out some other new sources and there is a lot of conflicting info. One source even states that they were dispersed across the country,
 
2012-04-14 03:29:40 PM  

Devolving_Spud: If only there had been some fast way of removing the planes from Burma during the war...


I imagine that they were never assembled. The RAF shipped planes overseas in crates and they needed some assembly. If the planes HAD ever been assembled, they would not have taken the time to take them apart and crate them up. Even the British were not that strange.
 
2012-04-14 03:29:46 PM  
Have to make

A hasty retreat?

Bury the Spitfires

We'll keep them neat!

Burma Planes


Bravo, sir. Bravo.
 
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